Packeteer Are Spamming Scum
Posted: Thu, 23 March 2006 | permalink | No comments
For anyone who takes their Boulder Pledge seriously, I present the following cautionary tale:
I wanted to find some network flow control gear for a client at work. I went to contact Packeteer, and all they had was some shithouse web form (red flag #1). I left a nice message in their web form, asking them to contact me about pricing for some particular bit of kit. I was (as always) quite careful to uncheck any "spam me harder" boxes that the marketroids may have snuck in there.
A month later, I haven't heard anything about pricing, but I've gotten a couple of wanky, generic Packeteer spams. There's an unsubscribe e-mail address at the bottom -- which I even tried once, but I just got another spam from them.
So, not only do I get unsolicited e-mail from them as a result of an innocent (and quite unrelated) sales enquiry, but I don't even get the information I originally requested. If they'd responded to my initial contact with the info I asked for, they could have gotten the same sales response as sending out many thousands of spam e-mails (based on the estimated spam conversion rate prevailing on the 'net).
Packeteer are now deeply and firmly entrenched in my "bad Internet citizen" list, and can rot in there forever. You will never get any business from anyone I work for or associate with if I can at all avoid it, Packeteer.
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